After some meticulous calculations, Northumbria Coast & Country Cottages are excited to announce they are expecting their millionth guest to book to stay in one of the properties they represent this summer.After some meticulous calculations, Northumbria Coast & Country Cottages are excited to announce they are expecting their millionth guest to book to stay in one of the properties they represent this summer.
After 38 years of outstanding holiday match-making service, Northumbria Coast & Country Cottages are about to celebrate the millionth holiday memory being made in one of their Northumberland boltholes.
From the humble beginnings of starting off in 1981 with only one member of staff, a typewriter, hand-drawn floor plans and a series of wallcharts, Northumbria Coast & Country Cottages now represents nearly 600 holiday cottages located between Hadrian’s Wall and the Scottish Borders, employs 16 people and has introduced more holiday makers to Northumberland than any other agent.
Managing Director of Northumbria Coast & Country Cottages Nikki Hough-Johnson, said: “We of course don’t know exactly when the landmark-accomplishing guest will book, where in the world they will come from or which property they will reserve, but that’s part of the thrill of approaching this incredible milestone.”
“It’s quite overwhelming to think that we will have helped over a million visitors create unforgettable memories on holiday in Northumberland. We are currently planning how we are going to celebrate welcoming our millionth guest to stay in one of our properties – perhaps there will be some surprise festivities… watch this space!”The announcement from the holiday cottage letting agency based in Northumberland comes at a seemingly fitting time as the county becomes an increasingly popular holiday destination.
Northumberland is expected to welcome record number of holidaymakers this year after the region was crowned the British Travel Awards ‘Best UK’s Holiday County/Destination of the Year’* in December 2018. After four years of being runner-up, Northumberland beat strong competitors like Cornwall and the Peak District, with its 70-plus castles, stunning nature reserves, miles of unspoilt beaches and quaint harbour towns winning the hearts of voters.
The county is also one of the seaside destinations that has seen a welcome boost to the local economy thanks to the increasing popularity of ‘staycations’, and in investments, such as Discover England’s ‘English Coast’ project, being made to attract more international visitors to the UK by untapping the potential of the stunning English coastline. Today tourism accounts for 11.6% of Northumberland’s economy, 2.7% higher than the national average, and contributes £665 million to the economy. **
Following the significant recognition recently given to the region, Northumbria Coast & Country Cottages reports a recent surge of enquiries, predicting an unprecedented ‘super summer for tourism’.
Nikki Hough-Johnson commented: “Our business is very ingrained within the local community, so we are also looking forward to seeing the knock-on effect this increase has on business for local shops, pubs, restaurants and all trades associated with the holiday cottage industry, such as cleaners, gardeners, plumbers, electricians and decorators. We are proud to be one of the last few independent agencies representing properties here in Northumberland, which allows us to offer a truly personal and bespoke service for both our customers and owners alike.”
• *Northumberland was crowned the ‘Best UK’s Holiday County/Destination of the Year’ in the British Travel Awards in December 2018, beating strong competitors such as Cornwall and the Peak District, after four years of being runner-up. (Source: https://britishtravelawards.com/winner2018.php?p=7)
• **Today tourism accounts for 11.6% of Northumberland’s economy, 2.7% higher than the national average, and contributes £665 million to the economy. (Source: https://www.northumberlandtourism.org.uk/research-insights/statistics/tourism-stats-reporting
About Northumbria Coast and Country Cottages
Northumbria Coast & Country Cottages is the first and longest established letting rental Agency specialising in self-catering holiday cottages in Northumberland, with a current collection of almost 600 self-catering cottages across Northumberland and the Scottish borders.
Since 1981, Northumbria Coast & Country Cottages has introduced more holidaymakers to Northumberland than any other agent. Remaining independent with the same philosophy and principles that have seen them prosper for 38 years, Northumbria Coast & Country Cottages provides personally inspected holiday cottages in prime Northumberland locations. Their properties range from luxury houses to cosy cottages – along the Northumberland Heritage Coastline of sandy beaches, beautiful moors and hills inland.
Backed up by an exceptional level of personal service and knowledge-based recommendations that apply to both their loyal customer base and to owners of their cottages, many of their visitors return year after year, with lots coming two or three times per year.